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Project by Ben Miller posted 791 days ago 8741 views 32 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Breathing new life into my BT3000. This work station is made from 3/4 ply and maple. I used 2 pieces of 3/4” MDF laminated for the router table top and work bench. I wanted something that was replaceable. The router table was a cheapo Ryobi bench top kit that I had and just reused the top. I recessed that into the MDF slab on the left. The color scheme wasn’t intentional, it was what I had available. Plans came from Wood magazine. The last pic is the before shot, including the stock stand that I’ve had for awhile and and the sliding miter table that I wasn’t at all happy with.





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wjrii

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#1 posted 791 days ago

Nice work! I have similar plans for a Craftsman I have (not as nice as the BT3000 and its cousins). It looks like you kept your original (previously modified?) fence, but what did you use to extend the rails for your workstation?

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Ben Miller

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#2 posted 791 days ago

Yes, I did keep the previous fence. The BT3K fence was a little weak and I also tend to keep crap laying on my TS so, I put a plywood cap on it to store pencils, measuring tape, etc… I had a rail extension kit for the BT3K, but hadn’t put it to use. It, along with the outfeed table, came with the saw when I purchased it used.

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mark76wa

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#3 posted 791 days ago

Dude,
That looks great and the colors go together very well.

I’m building one of these myself. Check me out.
http://lumberjocks.com/mark76wa/blog/29818

Mark

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#4 posted 790 days ago

Thats a neat idea!

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workerinwood

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#5 posted 790 days ago

Well done, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 790 days ago

Sweet setup, looking good

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 790 days ago

This is a wonderful stand for a small saw. It’s a very nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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akamai22

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#8 posted 790 days ago

I have a BT3000 that is little used and I’d be very interested to know what you did with the sliding table ….did you just remove it? Also I see you using the original fence …. did you do any mods to ensure that it holds a set-up and stays parallel to the blade? Those have been problem areas for me.
Thanks

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#9 posted 790 days ago

Good job Ben a great looking workstation

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SnowFrog

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#10 posted 790 days ago

I really like this idea. I designed one for my Rigid saw last year but still have not gotten around to actually building it.

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Ben Miller

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#11 posted 790 days ago

@akamai22 – I removed the SMT. Seems like a good design concept, but poorly implemented IMO. The space was more useful to me as a built-in router table. As for the fence, loctite is your friend when it comes to squaring maintaining square. Once I get it set, I have no worries until I switch out the blade.

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akamai22

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#12 posted 790 days ago

Loctite…. why didn’t I think of that?
Thanks

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Ben Miller

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#13 posted 790 days ago

Here are some additional details and views:

  • Base – 71” long, 27” deep
  • Work surface – 81” long, 22” deep
  • Drawers – 25” deep, 29” wide, 4 of which are 4” deep and one that is 8” deep
  • Clamping area on the right side
  • Right side of the cart left empty for paper roll add on that is still in the works
  • Full extension drawer slides
  • I kept the folding out feed table that came with the saw when I bought it

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Ben Miller

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#14 posted 790 days ago

And, as you can see in the latest photos, lumber storage is next on the list of projects.

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Dusty56

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#15 posted 790 days ago

Wow , that is so nice ,and mobile as well : )

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